Pearson, the international publishing company, completed their move to the Kao Park development on the Harlow Enterprise Zone in July of this year. This now means that there are over 1,000 people working on the former Nortel site at London Road following the arrival of Raytheon and Arrow Electronics in the autumn of 2016. This ensures the continuation of a long standing tradition of science and technology occupations at this location for many years to come.
Pearson were required to move from their former premises on Edinburgh Way in Harlow as the building is now being converted to residential use. Although the company could have moved away from Harlow they were attracted to the quality of space at Kao Park and the opportunity to be co-located with other high profile businesses. This has ensure the preservation of around 250 jobs in Harlow as well as the continued success of Kao Park.
When Pearson announced their move to Kao Park earlier in the year, their UK President, Rod Bristow, commented, “Pearson has a long-standing commitment to Harlow, not just as a major local employer but as a part of the community through work like our partnership with the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College. I am therefore delighted to announce not only that Pearson is re-affirming its long-standing relationship with the town but also that we will shortly be moving into a new building better suited to our needs.”
Pearson have taken a long lease on the top floor of the Kao Two building (Kao One is wholly let to Raytheon and Arrow Electronics), taking 28,000 square feet, and with further tenancies shortly to be announced for the ground floor of Kao Two, the whole Kao Park office development is now 85% let.